I have heard of people that have pepper plants that are multi-years old.
And guess what? They don’t all live in a year round growing area.
That’s right. People are growing peppers, then bringing them indoors to winter over. Supposedly, you can also keep them growing all year indoors, and that’s what I intend to try. There’s conflicting information online about these methods, so I want to know first hand what the truth is.
Recently a member of Gardenaholics Anonymous shared the pepper plant that she over-wintered. She pruned it quite a lot, and it was doing wonderfully. Her plant is now 1 1/2 years old and getting ready for another season outdoors. A number of websites report that this is the only way to keep a pepper from one year to the next.
My plant shown above is just a few months old, started indoors early in the year. It went through a lot, having developed a nasty case of spider mites, something quite new to us.
But it did survive and is now budding profusely. It had sat in a South facing window all winter, and is now happy to be in the wee greenhouse. If you don’t have a greenhouse, no problem at all, or so I have read. You can keep a pepper indoors all year round. Since they are a day neutral plant, meaning, they will bud regardless of how long the days are, you can just keep them where they get at least 5 hours of light a day, and they should produce for you.
I am using a tuning fork to help move the pollen around in the flowers. As you may know, peppers have both male and female parts in each flower, but they need some help getting them together. A tuning fork works great and you can actually see the pollen as it floats off the flower.
So now I have a bit of a dilemma. I want fresh peppers year ’round, and intend to try to keep this plant alive.
I also want to try my hand at overwintering a plant. You know, just to see if I can.
Most of all, I want to see if I can successfully do both, and report back to you. So I will enlist the help of another pepper plant and give it a go.
Have you ever tried keeping a pepper as a perennial? Your advice would be so helpful.
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